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BASEBALl EDGED BY DELAWARE AT ALUMNI FIELD, 4-3
Baltimore, MD - - -Delaware senior righthander Ryan Dulaney allowed just three runs and seven hits en-route to a complete-game victory over UMBC, as the Blue Hens edged the Retrievers, 4-3, Tuesday afternoon at UMBC?s Alumni Field. Delaware improved to 18-30 and UMBC fell to 15-24.UMBC led 3-0 after six innings, but the Blue Hens scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to even the score, and won the game on an unearned run in the top of the eight inning.Dulaney (3-1) and UMBC starting junior righthander Mike Johnson (1-3) matched zeroes through the first 4.5 innings, until the Retrievers posted three runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Retrievers loaded the bases with nobody out before freshman catcher Jake Bennof came through with a flair single to right, scoring senior designated hitter Chris Yetter, who had led-off the frame with a single. Sophomore rightfielder Kyle Wildasin followed with an RBI groundout, scoring third baseman Brad Glascock, who earlier walked. After an error by Hens? second baseman Brock Donovan on Wildasin?s ground out, junior shortstop Jack Saffron hit into a double-play scoring Kevin Brooks, who reached with a bunt single. Delaware scored three runs on three hits and a Retrievers? error in the top of the seventh to tie the score at 3-3. Senior rightfielder Doug Eitelman scored junior Steve Van Note with a booming double to center and senior designated hitter Matt Wimer and freshman catcher Brian Valichka each had RBI groundouts.The Blue Hens scored an unearned run in the top of the eighth inning as the Retrievers made a pair of costly errors. Third baseman Kris Dufner led off with a single, but advanced to second base after Wildasin bobbled the ball in right. First baseman Steve Harden followed with an infield single and a throwing error by third baseman Chris Parker allowed Dufner to advance to third. Van Note then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Dufner with the game-winning run.Johnson was the hard-luck loser after allowing just three earned runs on eight hits in 8.0 innings of work.Leftfielder Nick DeCarlo (2-for-4, run) was the only Blue Hen with two hits. Junior second baseman Kevin Brooks and Wildasin each had a pair of hits for the Retrievers, who have now dropped four straight contests.